Back in August we were very honoured to bring you the single from Sydney auteur Maia Marsh, and the pleasure is doubled with an exclusive look at the new video from her band Motion Sickness for the track ‘This Body’.
‘This Body’ oozes with a delicious frisson of excitement: a snaky driving bass creates an ominous, prowling undercurrent below Marsh’s cushioning vocals as the song slowly builds like a spark blossoming into a flame. There is detectable a hint of new wave coolness, a touch of Garbage, a touch of Sharon Van Etten and more than a dollop of antipodean jangle redolent of Reb Fountain or Sarah Mary Chadwick. Marsh says of the track:
The song is very literal, as I wrote it during a time where I started a medication that basically dulled and numbed most of my experiences. It was the only song that came out of me for quite a while because of this, and when I took it to the boys it turned into something really powerful; something that a lot of people seem to resonate with. It also carries this feeling of having given your everything to something, of being hurt or let down, being held back by worldly limitations (in this case my body) and simply not giving a fuck anymore.
The video is close and intimate: leaving no room for distraction as your focus is captured on the band and the instruments. Eyes, lips and fingers in close-up, delicate layers of harmonies helping to build up the anticipation of the delicate chorus with rich, luscious colors. The mysterious bindings, the triple headed focus all add to the enigma of the clip, perfectly matched with the melancholic air. With the aid of director Madeleine Purdy (Body Type, Gordi, Dominic Breen), this is the band’s debut video and it is a stunning introduction to the trio.
‘This Body’ is available to download and stream here and through the link below.
The track is the second song from an EP recorded with Pete Covington at Golden Retriever Studios in Sydney, right before the pandemic hit. On the basis of this evidence, Motion Sickness are a band to watch very closely.
You can catch Motion Sickness live launching the song in Sydney and Melbourne – details below.